#AllRoadsLeadtoRoute196: Remembering a Home of Metro Manila’s Music Scene in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Monika E. Schoop Leuphana University, member and chair of IASPM D-A-CH
  • Renato Aguila Independent Scholar, member of IASPM US




memory, social media, narrative, experience, COVID-19, Philippines


The Philippines underwent one of the world’s strictest lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19, forcing Manila’s iconic music venue Route 196 to shut down permanently. This article inquires into the individual and collective memory-making processes in the context of Route 196’s online farewell show. Drawing on participant observation and an analysis of the show’s social media content, we examine remembering Route 196 focusing on two key processes: narrative and experience. Building on memory studies’ premise that to be made meaningful, experiences have to be narrativized (Rigney 2016), we first analyze the narrative construction of the venue as a “home” of Metro Manila’s scene, demonstrating how it variably accommodates or marginalizes individual memories. Second, we probe the role of “lived experience” (Keightley/Pickering 2012) for memory-making. We argue that social media interaction generates new experiences of the venue, which take on particular importance given the persisting absence of live music.

Author Biography

Monika E. Schoop, Leuphana University, member and chair of IASPM D-A-CH

Monika E. Schoop is associate professor of musicology (esp. popular music studies) at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. Her research interests include music and memory, protest music, music industries, scenes, gender and queer studies, and popular music in the Philippines. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Philippines and in Germany.






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